SAT 08 FEB - ROMFORD (AWAY) - Isthmian League


Seasiders beaten in bottom of the table clash


Felixstowe & Walton United suffered a huge blow to their hopes of avoiding relegation from the BetVictor Isthmian North after bottom side Romford came from behind to beat the struggling Seasiders 3-1. Oliver Canfer had opened the scoring for Felixstowe but a combination of smart finishing and a wonder goal, scored from the half way line saw the points go to Romford.

The match was being played at the ground of Phoenix Sports in the leafy suburbs of Bexley Heath due to issues with the pitch at Brentwood, where Romford ground share. Felixstowe had a coach load of supporters present amongst an otherwise sparse crowd and they were nearly cheering a goal in the first minute, Armani Schaar was through on goal and was about to pick his spot when a last ditch tackle saved the home side, two minutes later and Felixstowe were again unfortunate not to open the scoring, this time it was Canfer who connected well, only to see his goal bound header saved well. The first half settled down after the early chances and it became a fairly even affair, the game was end to end and both sides saw plenty of half chances without finding the net.


Felixstowe opened the scoring on 51 minutes; some great build up play from Adam Hanson led to Canfer bursting into the box before finishing superbly. Unfortunately for the visitors, the goal woke Romford up and they were level just four minutes later, Theophanous poking the ball past Beckwith from a tight angle. Romford took the lead on 69 minutes, Adam Morgan spotting Beckwith off his line and from the half way line his shot sailed into the top corner, the ball rebounded out after hitting the stanchion and there was a five second pause before the assistant referee signalled the goal and the Romford players realised it had gone in. The game was over as a contest after 77 minutes, Morgan again drilling a low shot from 18 yards into the bottom corner. Romford remain bottom but are now just six points behind the Seasiders, and have played six games fewer.


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